Fox News’ Chris Wallace put chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the hot seat on Sunday, asking the California Democrat about his claims to have seen proof of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.
While appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Schiff was pressed on his multiple past claims of collusion evidence between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Kremlin, even though Special Counsel Rober Mueller’s report “did not establish” collusion.
When Schiff attempted to push back, Wallace illustrated his point with a compilation of clips from interviews in which the congressman repeated his claim that he had seen proof that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, including one during which he said the evidence was “in plain sight.”
Schiff responded by saying it was a “different question” as to whether or not there was enough evidence that “rises to proof beyond a reasonable doubt” to establish there was “conspiracy” between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
He went on to take a jab at Trump:
“And indeed that distinction was made in the opening pages of the Mueller report. So, when the president and his allies repeat this mantra of ‘no collusion,’ they clearly haven’t read or [are] ignoring the plain language of the report, where Bob Mueller says two things.
He says, “We’re not going to look into the question of whether it’s collusion. That’s a common-laid term that can be criminal or non-criminal conduct. We’re going to look at the crime of conspiracy.'”
Schiff added that Mueller echoed a point that he made, saying that “the fact that you may not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a criminal conspiracy doesn’t mean there’s an absence of evidence of crime.”
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Schiff has faced heavy criticism from Republicans for his repeated claims of collusion. Every Republican on the House Intelligence Committee — including Ranking Member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — recently called on Schiff to resign from his post as committee chair, as IJR Red previously reported.
As also noted by IJR Red, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) introduced the “PENCIL Act” to remove Schiff from his chairmanship.